The U.K. will officially begin divorce proceedings with the European Union on March 29, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said, ending months of media speculation over the precise date.
Due to trigger Article 50, her office has said May will be visiting Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to hear the government's differing views on Brexit.
Brexit Secretary David Davis said in a statement that the country is "on the threshold of the most important negotiation" for a generation. "A deal that works for every nation and region of the United Kingdom and indeed for all of Europe - a new, positive partnership between the United Kingdom and our friends and allies in the European Union".
Some opposed to Brexit fear that the two-year window that the United Kingdom will have to negotiate these terms after Article 50 is triggered just won't be long enough - and it sounds like the British government might be preparing for that eventuality as well.
"There isn't going to be one", the spokesman said, when asked about the prospect of an early election.
The row comes amid increasing tension between Edinburgh and London over Brexit after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans to seek to hold a second independence referendum in the wake of the vote to quit the European Union.
"There is no queue to join the European Union and we have had several voices over recent times saying that if Scotland wanted to be in the EU then there would be a very open warm reception for that", she said.
On Michel Barnier's role and comments on Brexit trigger process, Schinas suggested that Barnier will comment when he has to say something.
The Supreme Court ruled on Jan 24 that parliament's House of Commons would need to approve triggering Article 50, and on Feb 1 the lawmakers voted 498-114 to set it in motion. "@GOVUK somehow forgot to inform us".